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Soft Wing Flower Beetle

Attalus sp.

Description:

A small black beetle, hairy, 5 mm in length. I has bright red on the front of the face, each side of the pronotum and at the tips of the elytra. The base of all femora are orange. The antennae slowly increase in size but does not really form a club. The basal antennomere is somewhat larger. Family Melyridae, subfamily Malachiinae.

Habitat:

Garden lights, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2,200 meters.

Notes:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/389800/bg... https://www.biodiversidadvirtual.org/ins... https://sites.google.com/site/coleoptera... https://elp.tamu.edu/ipm/bugs/order-cole...

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2 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 2 months ago

Thank you bayucca, yes, I agree, Attalus of the Melyridae is looking really good.

bayucca
bayucca 2 months ago

At first sight I would think of Melyridae, Malachiinae (and even Malachiini?). I only have found a similar one from US of genus Attalus:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/389800/bg...

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Jul 16, 2018
Submitted on Dec 5, 2018

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